September 9, 2007 6:06pm CST
Ok, so I'm compltetly rubbish at cooking, and I'm scared that I'm going to have to live off rubbish take out food for the rest of my life. My mum's an awesome cook, but I seem to have inherited the culinary skills of a turnip. Sigh. I'd really like to learn how to cook. Does anyone have any suggestions for some easy recipe ideas?
• United States
10 Sep 07
cooking isn't that difficult. You don't have to produce restaurant caliber meals for yourself, just learn the basics of how to cook various things. If you learn how to cook two or three basic things, let's say, chicken, fish and beef, you can apply the cooking of these things to countless variations. Also, there's no harm in following a recipe in a cookbook until you're comfortable going it alone. Find things that you like to eat already, pay attention to what you're doing as you follow the recipes and you'll find yourself starting to tweak the recipes to suit your personal tastes. If I had to recommend learning a few basics, those basics would be: roasting a chicken, cooking a steak to the correct level of doneness for your taste and cooking pasta. These are all things that are easy to cook and easy to gauge in terms of doneness. I would also advise that if you're working with the stovetop that you start out with a low to medium temperature setting and add more heat if needed. It's a lot easier to make something hotter than it is to un-burn it.